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  • Still Fighting for the Women of Mississippi

    Last year, Mississippi forced me to become a political activist.

  • Women's Health Care Should Never Be A Political Game... But That Is Exactly What It Has Become

    Women's health care should never be a political game.

  • Risking Women's Health in 50 Different Ways: Anti-Birth Control Advocates Turn to the States

    "With this common sense bill, we can ensure that Arizona women have access to the health services they need and religious institutions have their faith and freedom protected."

  • New Resource: Repro Health Watch Highlights War on Women's Health in the States Facts matter. When the facts about women's health are a central part of the discussion about access to reproductive health care, the conversation changes - and now more than ever, we need that change.
  • 10 Things to LOVE About the Affordable Care Act This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns two. Let's not mince words: This law is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.
  • Through the Looking Glass on Contraceptive Coverage We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.
  • After 39 Years, Let's End the War on Women It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.
  • Birth Control Under Attack Anti-choice extremists are trying to undermine women's right to birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
  • A Blog Rally to Protect Medicaid There's been a lot in the news lately about the so-called "supercommittee" in Congress, which has been tasked with trimming more than a trillion dollars from the federal deficit. It's the supercommittee's job to figure out which programs will get the budget axe.
  • On the Right Track: Institute of Medicine's Essential Benefits Report America's women and families want and need confidence that when they buy health insurance, it will cover comprehensive benefits that meet their needs. Thanks to health reform, we may soon get that.
  • In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.
  • Cause for Hope in North Carolina Infant mortality rates are widely used in this country and internationally as a barometer of the quality of a community's, or a nation's, health care system - and with good reason.
  • Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous. The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.
  • Let's Not Reverse Our Progress on Stopping HIV/AIDS

    Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, when we should all pause to remember that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still shaping and taking too many lives, in the United States and around the globe.

  • Just When You Think You've Seen It All Sometimes I think there's not much that can surprise me. But last week proved that theory wrong: the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit federal funds for health care services provided by Planned Parenthood, and eliminate funding for all Title X family planning services, which are the sole source of health care for millions of low-income and uninsured women in this nation.
  • Time to Protect Common Sense.
  • Marya Torrez
    How Far Have We Come When it Comes to Covering Women's Birth Control? We Shall See. Ten years ago today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that refusing to cover prescription contraception in an employee health plan - if other similar preventive services and prescription drugs were covered in that plan -violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the amendment to Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It was a monumental victory for women, many of whom spend the majority of their reproductive lives (approximately three decades) trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Women rely on contraception to plan their families, and appropriately and safely space their children.
  • It's Politics v. Science. Again. It's a fact: Contraceptive use improves overall health. It enables women to plan and space their pregnancies. It has contributed to dramatic declines in maternal and infant mortality. And it has been a driving force in reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion.
  • Celebrating ella

    On average, women spend at least 30 years being sexually active but trying to avoid pregnancy. That's an awfully long time considering no contraceptive is 100% effective and things don't always work out as planned.

  • An Anniversary Worth Noting

    The kudos about the 50th anniversary of the FDA's approval of the birth control pill are well deserved. Timely access to contraceptive services has vastly improved maternal and child health, and has been the driving force in reducing rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion in this country. Women's ability to control our fertility has helped us achieve personal, educational and professional goals and made us a critical component of the nation's success.

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